If you think that Google gets half the criticism and scrutiny that Apple does much less the level it deserves, I'd love to have the meds you are on. Until the tech blogosphere isn't beholden to Google's model of click advertising to make money, Google will continue to skate around these issues of privacy.
Google's access to people data is several orders of magnitude higher than Apple's yet how many places do we see this iMessage story on the net today? Bloggers know where there money comes from and do very little to rock the boat. Until we have a model where people pay for content on the internet and aren't dependent on an advertising based model which is dominated by Google, Google will continue to control the conversation in the tech media. If you don't believe this isn't happening then you clearly aren't paying attention. Absurd you say? Obvious I say!!!
First you say there aren't any articles criticizing Google. Now you say they don't get half as much criticism. Make up your mind.
There are bloggers who are as venomously against Google as you are, and they are pulling down 6-figures doing what they do. So clearly bloggers do get away with bashing Google, just as some sites profit from bashing Apple.
Bottom line - Google and Apple are full of smart people doing smart things. They go about it differently and have different objectives. No one is beholden to either because there are alternative products/solutions to what both offer. Both companies receive their share of criticism, both deserved and undeserved. Anyone who says otherwise is kidding themselves.
No point continuing this debate. You're clearly biased and inform (a strong word in your case) yourself only with what fits your narrative.
Edited by StruckPaper - 10/18/13 at 10:56am